Showing perseverance in coming back from a shoulder injury as well as maintaining her level of excellence in the classroom, senior swimmer Marina Pomar-Enders (Mill Creek, Wash.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
Saturday against Whitworth University, Pomar-Enders first posted the fourth-fastest time in the women's 1000 freestyle, finishing with a mark of 11:10.46, almost 22 full seconds faster than her previous season-best time. Competing in lane one in the 500 freestyle, she pulled out a victory in that event by 1.16 seconds with a time of 5:23.36, another season best by over 17 seconds.
Pomar-Enders set the school record in both the 1000 freestyle and the 1650 freestyle during the 2010 Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) Championships, posting a time of 17:20.86 in the 1650 freestyle, including a split of 10:29.82 in the first 1000 yards. She has battled through shoulder issues over the past couple of seasons, but Saturday's effort may be a sign that she will be a significant contributor to the team's success heading into the WAC Championships.
"Being a nursing major and working to come back from an injury, Marina has really persevered through a lot and it is great to see her doing so well this season. She finished her final home meet at Seattle U with a victory, from the outside lane, in the 500 free and that was great to see. As she keeps getting stronger we know we are going to see a lot from her at the end of the season," Seattle U head coach Craig Nisgor said.
Pomar-Enders is majoring in nursing and currently carries a 3.24 grade point average. She is hoping to land a job at a nearby hospital dealing in pediatrics after earning her bachelor's degree in June.
The Seattle University swim teams head to Colorado Springs, Colo., for back-to-back meets against Air Force and North Dakota Friday, Jan. 18, starting at 6 p.m. local time and Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning at 11 a.m. Mountain time. The women's swim team will then get ready for the WAC Swimming and Diving Championships in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 27-Mar. 2.
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances in competition as well as in the classroom.